VITAL STATS

Fiat Dino Coupe (1967 – 1973)

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The Dino road car came to be thanks to homologation requiring 500 engines produced within 12 months ready to fit into cars not yet specified, This is how Ferrari and Fiat ended up sharing the same engine and name for the Ferrari Dino and the Fiat Dino with the Fiat Dino Coupe being the car we’ve chosen to write about.

The first Fiat Dino’s were spiders with styling by Pininfarina as seen at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, soon after Bertone Designed a 2+2 Coupe version both cars used the same engine that Ferrari used in the Ferrari Dino.

Claims were made by Ferrari that the 2.0 litre V6 had 180 bhp yet Fiat who built the engine claimed 160 bhp in their version as both came from the same factory so we think Ferrari are over exaggerating somewhat.

Fiat’s GT Coupe is finally making a name for itself in the classic car market with this Ferrari for Fiat money almost. But seriously price are on the increase and the Dino name gives automatic provenance.

LOREM IPSUM

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LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc
SPECIFICATION

Specification Fiat Dino Coupe (1967 - 1973)

Years Produced1967 - 1973
Performance0-60 mph 8.0 sec/Top Speed 125 mph
Power & Torque 160 bhp / 127 lb ft
Engine1987 cc / V6 / 12 valves
Drive-train Front engine RWD
TransmissionFive speed manual
Weight1220 kg
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH

Valuations since launch for the Fiat Dino Coupe (1967 - 1973)

 Launch201020112012201320142015
Concourse£3,493.00£20,000.00£25,000.00£27,500.00£30,000.00£40,000.00£50,000.00
Excellent£15,000.00£17,500.00£20,000.00£25,000.00£30,000.00£40,000.00
Good£8,000.00£10,000.00£12,500.00£15,000.00£20,000.00£25,000.00
Fair£5,000.00£6,000.00£7,000.00£10,000.00£15,000.00£20,000.00

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A BUYERS GUIDE

All cars from the sixties and seventies are prone to rust so the first things to check on the Fiat Dino is typical areas such as the wings, floor, A-pillars, wheel arches and jacking points which can cause problems. Also make sure panel gaps around doors are good as sills can weaken and will start to sag. Spare exterior parts including bumpers and badges can prove expensive so make sure everything is where it should be and panels are good.

The top end of the V6 engine can suffer if not well lubricated with valve and cam wear. Valve clearance needs adjusting every 6000 miles. If neglected the engine won’t last so check documented history to make sure the Dino has been well looked after. The later 2.4 engine can suffer with valve break off although most versions of the car have solid valve replacements by now.

Engine rebuilds are expensive so don’t buy a smoky one as its likely bores will be worn. Whilst taking a test drive gears will feel notchy but this is normal and erratic oil pressure is also common although many Dino’s have received modifications to remedy these symptoms.

Early models were often criticised for poor build quality but this was rectified before 1969 and the introduction of the 2.4 V6 engine, front seats gained head rests beyond this extras were limited to a radio, metallic paint and leather upholstery.

INSURING A Fiat Dino Coupe

At Heritage Classic car Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.

Annual premium – £107.42 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.

Annual premium – £115.65 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.

Annual premium – £153.08 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria:

  • The vehicle garaged overnight.
  • The insurer has no record of accidents, claims or convictions
  • The insurer drives a main car daily and doesn’t exceed a mileage of 3000 per annum.

All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £25,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out September 2016.

INTERESTING FACT

The Fiat Dino Spider and Coupe had only one interchangeable part across the whole car and that was the bonnet. Everything else was completely different include the cars stylists, The Spider was Pininfarina and the Coupe was Bertone.

Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says

“The Great Ferrari needed Fiat to help meet homologation criteria back in the sixties, but together they produced a sporting classic that is finally getting the credit it truly deserves.”

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